Milovan Rajevac is a risky choice – Sowah Odotei on next Stars coach

Milovan Rajevac

Hearts of Oak board member Vincent Sowah Odotei says it would be a ‘risky choice’ for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to appoint Milovan Rajevac as Black Stars head coach.

The three-member committee set up to find a new coach has submitted its report to the GFA and an announcement is expected to be made in the coming days following consultations with the government.

But reports are rife that Serbian Rajevac, popularly known as Milo, is the chosen one to succeed Charles Akonnor, who was sacked after 10 games in charge.

“I think it is a step in the wrong direction,” the former GFA presidential hopeful said on TV3′s The Keypoints on Saturday, September 18.

Vincent Sowah Odotei is a former Member of Parliament for La Dade-Kotopon 

“I think that when you look at Milo’s performance, his football philosophy and when we look at what he has done since he left the Black Stars and as a country what we aspire to be, I think it’s a risky choice.

“I don’t know the considerations, the terms of reference given to the committee, I don’t know what the bigger considerations in the whole paradigm – what we call these days in football as the project – and the criteria that really brings in Milovan Rajevac. But I think that it’s a risky thing.

“If I were on the panel…I think a lot of people are putting the cart before the horse and looking at financial obligations, but no. In management, we take technical evaluation before it comes to financial. On my paper, Rajevac will never be even shortlisted on my technical evaluation.

“I think it’s a risky thing and hope that my colleagues at the FA will take a deep breath if they have not taken the decision already and then look at what is good for this country.

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“And for once, let’s make sure that we take the decisions which are sustainable and will make us competitive and make sure that we are able to get back to where we know that we should be in the scheme of global football,” he added.

Rajevac was Black Stars head coach for two years between 2008 and 2010.

He guided Ghana to their first Afcon final in 20 years in 2010 and also led the team to the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

Rajevac quit Ghana a few months after the World Cup for a lucrative job in Saudi Arabia, where he was appointed head coach of Al-Ahli.

Since then, he has managed four teams including Algeria and Qatar.

But he has not coached any team since 2019 when he was sacked by Thailand.

By Enoch Fiifi Forson||Ghana